Posted by: nedpelger | December 11, 2009

Amish Breeding Season

I was talking with my friend Randy Meyerhoffer last night, he’s a Construction Supervisor and amazing Craftsman. We got to telling stories.

He was working with a crew forming sidewalks at Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland, PA. A car, obviously tourists, pulled up and the woman rolled down her window and asked, “Do you know where we could see some Amish?” Asking this question in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch County seems reasonable enough.

Randy, however, being anything but reasonable, replied with a completely straight face, “Maam, this is the Amish Breeding Season. They like to all have their kids at the same time in summer, so they hole up this time of year. You probably won’t see any around at this time of year.”

The woman replied, “I never knew that.” While the rest of the crew managed to keep serious faces and nodding heads until after the tourists drove away. Then, of course, Randy and the crew laughed like crazy. Randy says this little jewel just popped into his head as the woman asked the question.

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